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How do you use up your leftover vegetables?

Aimee Jul 28, 2007 11:50 AM

I usually end up making a fritatta which can take all sorts of odds and ends. Sometimes I'll cut everything up and roast in the oven. I'm curious about what other people do to use up veggies before they go bad.

  1. Bat Guano Jul 31, 2007 07:44 AM

    Chop up whatever vegetables you have and throw them in a wok or dutch oven with oil and soy sauce. Stir fry briefly, and when they're hot and start releasing their liquid put some thin fish fillets on top, cover the pot and steam the fish in the steam from the veggies. Serve the fish over rice topped with the veggies - delicious!

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      yogurtsoda Jul 30, 2007 12:41 PM

      i usually make stir-fries with them and toss them with some bean thread or rice noodles. or add them to fried rice.

      1. Pia Jul 30, 2007 07:30 AM

        In addition to the ideas mentioned... quesadilla; calzone (using storebought pizza dough); "mexican lasagna," shepherd's pie, or other casserole; cook it up with ground lamb or turkey and Indian spices (alternative to Asian stir-fry); wrap, possibly with leftover meat/fish.

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          fwilhelm Jul 30, 2007 06:46 AM

          Stirfry or thick stew

          1. NYchowcook Jul 30, 2007 04:57 AM

            I'm trying to be more disciplined about using up leftovers (to change from my past practice of putting in refrigerator and then throwing out in a week or two)

            Last night I had some leftover pork from grilled pork chops, so I cut up the meat added sauteed red and hot peppers, onion, cumin, allspice and garlic and made . .. empanadas!
            I particularly like that you can freeze them, so I'm going to keep them in mind for the future -- both to use stuff up and to have a ready made dinner or snack in the freezer.
            Tonight I'm going to stuff some hot peppers w/ sausage and freeze . . .

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              pamd Jul 29, 2007 05:14 PM

              I have a ton of leftover fresh cooked stringbeans- anything to do with them??

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              1. re: pamd
                gridder Jul 29, 2007 05:47 PM

                Mix a couple of cloves of chopped garlic into 1/2 cup of mayo, and add to warm beans by the tablespoonful. Then you have garlic aioli to spread on sandwiches etc for the next few days.

                1. re: pamd
                  valerie Jul 29, 2007 07:45 PM

                  I love this Barefoot Contessa recipe for string beans with shallots. So simple, SO good.


                  1. re: pamd
                    Louise Jul 30, 2007 12:04 PM

                    Chop up and make a fritata.

                    Marcella Hazan also has a 'pasticcio' of string beans and potatoes that I haven't made but which sounds good.

                    1. re: pamd
                      chef chicklet Jul 31, 2007 07:59 AM

                      I just saw a recipe on a blog for soup, made with carrots, green beans and almond flour. Looked wonderful.

                    2. chef chicklet Jul 29, 2007 10:37 AM

                      In my case this past week I had some cooked, acorn squash, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, cooked zucchini, added onion and a small jar of tomato cream vodka sauce (that ain't bad) dotted with ricotta and provolone, added my new concoction of ricotta sauce. I had a few of those no bake lasagna noodles left over (the jury is still out on those) but anyway I made a terrific veggie lasagna that fit perfectly into an 8x8 baking dish topped with romano cheese. It was really good, and I used everything, no wasting. Too many people don't have enough food.

                      1. tigerhartt Jul 29, 2007 09:25 AM

                        My dad, and alot of Chinese/Asians..make fried rice with leftover veggies/rice/meat of any kind....sorta like meatloaf uses leftover meat...

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                          bbc Jul 29, 2007 07:26 AM

                          ditto the potpie, soups, pasta/pizza concoction, stir fry, ratatouille.
                          fritatta sounds great!

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                            bigjimbray Jul 29, 2007 08:51 AM

                            I see soups have been mentioned about 5-6 times already and I have to join that
                            group, I call it my refrigerator soup, usually on saturday I take out all the leftovers
                            and find what meat that I might have and I make a leftover soup, with cornbread of
                            course. it works out pretty good. cleaning out your refrigerator and having something
                            different to eat. I call it my joy of cooking....

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                              geminigirl Jul 29, 2007 01:12 PM

                              ditto, throw in the leftover frozen rind of the parm and mmmmm...

                          2. bryan Jul 28, 2007 10:14 PM

                            I keep a ziplock bag in the freezer and when it's full I make a stew, soup, a bastard goulash - whatever comes to mind. But I avoid peppers in this process since they tend to overwhelm everything else - that and I loathe green peppers, mostly.

                            1. Sam Fujisaka Jul 28, 2007 10:02 PM


                              1. hannaone Jul 28, 2007 06:19 PM

                                Fried rice, tortilla wraps, scrambled eggs.

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                                1. re: hannaone
                                  chef chicklet Jul 31, 2007 07:58 AM

                                  Yes burritos! Almost forgot, they make great burritos.

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                                  k_d Jul 28, 2007 05:53 PM

                                  Save them for soup or potpies.

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                                    Louise Jul 28, 2007 05:16 PM

                                    Depending on what they are, they may reincarnate into pasta sauce.

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                                      chaddick Jul 28, 2007 01:07 PM

                                      I throw them in a pan and roast them. Roasted veggies are great for sandwiches.

                                      1. mrbozo Jul 28, 2007 01:04 PM

                                        I recently chopped up leftover roasted eggplant, zucchini and asparagus as a topping for pizza. Used the last bit of a basil pesto as the sauce and dusted the pie with freshly grated Parmesan after taking it out of the oven.

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                                          Panini Guy Jul 28, 2007 12:02 PM

                                          frittata, omelet, strata, soup/stew... or the dog gets 'em with his meat.

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                                            Val Jul 28, 2007 11:53 AM

                                            I make soups and stir-fries, mostly.

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